You might think your wedding day will inevitably pan out to be the least eco-friendly occasion imaginable, but you actually couldn't be more wrong. Yes, let's be real—with the obscene amounts of florals, wedding stationery, and one-time-use-only decorations involved in the process, you're probably going to generate a much higher carbon footprint than normal. But, there are plenty of ways to take it easy on Mother Nature and reduce waste on your big day, starting with baby steps as small as nixing the celebratory rice exit toss.
In honor of Earth Day, we challenge you to be mindful of your impact on the environment as you move forward with your wedding planning. And, so that you officially have no excuse to skimp out on sustainability for your big day, we scoured the eco-friendly sphere for the best natural invitations, wedding favors, decor, and beauty picks. From organic lipstick that's worthy of even the pickiest beauty pros to biodegradable confetti, you have endless options for going green without spending too much green. Getting on Mother Nature's good side is bound to mean instant karma (no rain) for your wedding day, right!?
Vapour Lip Nectar
Even with its cocktail list of organic ingredients, you're still guaranteed a perfect all-day pout that can rival even the best chemical-based products. With 27 shades to choose from, ranging from soft nudes to a sultry coral, there's truly a tube for any bridal style that won't break the bank.
SHOP NOW: Vapour Beauty, $28
Blue Crest Wedding Invitation
Printing wedding stationery doesn't have to equate to a swift metaphorical kick to Mother Nature's shin. The paper from this suite is made from 80 to 100 percent post-consumer waste using wind power. You can also request a custom or completely bespoke suite to match your (incredibly sustainable) upcoming wedding. Instead, Mother Nature will be giving you a well-deserved pat on the back.
SHOP NOW: Good Karma Paper, starting at $338.61
Forget-Me-Not Plantable Favors
Step away from personalized candles and monogrammed cups to plant the seed (literally) for more eco-friendly favors. Improve everyone's green thumbs with sunflower-shaped bombs comprised of organic and GMO-free Australian everlasting seeds. These pocket-sized gifts can be directly planted anywhere, so encourage your nearest and dearest to snag multiple and spread the flower power.
SHOP NOW: A Day to Remember Studio, starting at $0.73
Custom Biodegradable Confetti Bags
Waste not, want not—while standard plastic confetti will see about five seconds of use before it gets dumped in the trash and makes its way to a landfill, a biodegradable version won't leave behind any waste. Choose from one of six confetti color options, then customize the self-sealing bags with your names for the ultimate eco-friendly wedding favor (that also doubles as potential exit toss material).
SHOP NOW: Cricket Printing, starting at $120 for 25
Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish
Nothing can prep your skin (especially if it errs on the sensitive side) for the big day quite like a vegan moisturizer/exfoliant that's made without parabens, alcohol, sulfate, phthalate, fillers, artificial ingredients, and artificial colors (whew). Keep the glass jar for reuse once you run out.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $36
Even balloons can get an environmentally savvy revamp, believe it or not. What these massive pastel wedding staples lack in modesty they make up for in sustainability—they're produced with 100 percent natural biodegradable latex.
SHOP NOW: Party Connoisseur, starting at $4.50
Eco-Friendly Treat Bags
Serving a late-night snack at the reception, or gifting your guests with a take-home dessert for the road? Pack your favorite local eats in a truly environmentally conscious style using biodegradable, recyclable, and compostable bags made from unbleached paper. Plus, an added bonus for the comfort food-loving couple—each bag is grease-resistant, perfectly concealing residue from french fries, doughnuts, mini-sliders, and any other guilty-pleasure cuisine imaginable.
SHOP NOW: Le Box Boutique, starting at $6.70
Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer
Look good, feel good, and do good when it comes to your wedding beauty regimen. Using age-old Japanese beauty methods and very few ingredients, Tatcha has partnered with Room to Read, so each purchase helps promote girls' educations worldwide. And this five-in-one wonder specifically works to blur imperfections, prevent aging, and prime, protect, and enhance your skin.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $52
Sustainable Party Invites
While some people find it a bit passé to send digital wedding invitations, all bets are off when it comes to inviting friends and family to the rest of your pre-wedding festivities via email. Ditch the paper route completely in favor of a much more eco-friendly invitation method that's delivered directly to their inbox instead of their mailbox. Who knew your digital bachelorette party invitations could help save the planet!? And, with the almost overwhelming amount of curated designs, including a new collection from renowned photographer Gray Malin, you might never want to go back to paper stationery. (Anyone else loving this tribute to The Birdcage, btw?!)
SHOP NOW: Paperless Post, price upon request
Bloomerent Floral Centerpieces
Save money and cut back on consumption by relying on a flower recycling service to decorate your wedding venue. Rather than splurging on fresh blooms (that will probably get tossed after the reception, anyway), you have the opportunity to reuse florals from a previous event nearby. Simply enter your location and wedding date, and Bloomerant will connect you with options for available recycled flowers near you at 40 to 60 percent off regular price. It's a win for your wallet and Mother Nature. You'll also still have the opportunity to work with a florist, who can make minor tweaks to the preexisting arrangements and set up on the big day.
SHOP NOW: Bloomerent, prices upon request
All-Natural Soap Favors
Spread the environmental love at your bridal shower (or even the wedding itself) by gifting all-natural soap favors to your nearest and dearest. Craftsman Soap Co creates options all made from high-grade ingredients and 100 percent pure essential oils. Your friends will love taking home a natural version of this sanitation staple.
SHOP NOW: Craftsman Soap Co, $8